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call someone out

Definition of call someone out in English:

1Summon someone to deal with an emergency or to do repairs: patients are to be told to stop calling doctors out unnecessarily at night
More example sentences
  • The cracks were discovered last month after the gas company was called out to deal with an emergency pipe leak.
  • The emergency doctor was called out at 2.15am.
  • Any time there was an emergency, Gus could be called out and his wife and daughters had to fend for themselves.
2Order or advise workers to strike.
Example sentences
  • ‘We'd have torn up our NUJ cards if they called us out on strike,’ said another.
  • Workers on London's Docklands Light Railway were called out on strike for 24 hours from 6.30 pm on March 25.
  • Unison members in colleges were in disbelief that they had not been called out alongside members of other unions.
3 (also call someone out on something, call someone on something) North American Draw critical attention to someone’s unacceptable actions or behaviour: people were calling him out for his negative comments Dan had called her out on a couple of contradictions in her story she called him on his claim that the media were doing a bad job of covering the economy
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  • It's time for audiences to call them out on their hypocrisy and demand better representations of diversity.
  • You are the one that keeps twisting what you're saying whenever you are called out on it.
  • He essentially just called the team out for being lazy.
4 archaic Challenge someone to a duel.
Example sentences
  • When he is called out to fight a duel, Boris cannot pull the trigger.
  • Your princess was well within her rights to call him out to duel.
  • I'm pretty sure they each would have stepped up to the challenge if the other had called them out.
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